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[movies]Baja California: the Pacific Coast of Mexico - Silas Johnson
Johnson is another "lost" filmmaker, who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
Keywords: Santa Tomas; Magdalena; Tortuga; Baja; Cabo San Lucas; Ensenada
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[movies]Baltimore Plan, The - John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
Documents a plan in which municipal agencies and citizen groups cooperated in a neighborhood renewal plan in Baltimore, Maryland,to raise housing standards. For more on director John Barnes, visit
Keywords: urban renewal
Downloads: 192
[movies]Barking Plate
'Barking Plate' (1974) 10m, uncredited director. This was a remarkable film made as part of one of the most inventive series of films made for young learners, the 20-part 'Inventive Child' series, distributed in North America by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. The film is an animated, non-narrated story about an extremely inventive boy, who develops a phonograph from materials found around the farm, beginning with a platter made from a pottery wheel...
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[movies]Basic Brown, Basic Blue - Homer Groening
Ever wonder how Matt Groening of 'The Simpsons' got his quirky sense of humor? Probably from his filmmaker dad, Homer Groening, who passed away in 1996. Although known for his documentaries, Homer Groening directed and narrated this film, ostensibly about color, but filled with an ongoing series of bikini-clad bathing beauties. The film is perhaps best viewed as a graphic artifact that will interest media historians seeking additional insight into the elements that influenced the cartoonist.
Downloads: 36,150 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[movies]Be-ta-ta-kin (House Under the Rim) - Ray Garner
'Be-ta-ta-kin (House Under the Rim)' (1955) 11m, dir. Ray Garner. This film depicts the early life of the Anasazi via a tour through the cliff dwellings of Betatakin, now part of the Navajo National Monument in northern Arizona. The film discusses elements of Anasazi daily life, their agriculture, and social and religious life. For more on Garner, visit
Keywords: Anasazi
Downloads: 851
[movies]Berlin: Outpost of Freedom. - Johanna Alemann
A documentary which tells the story of divided Berlin where two ideologies clash together on one soil. Explains why and how the city was divided into separate zones; describes the rebuilding of Berlin. Contrasts East and West Berlin. Points out how the people of West Berlin manage to go about a normal routine of living. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit
Keywords: East Berlin; West Berlin; East Germany; West Germany; Berlin wall
Downloads: 784 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[movies]Bertrand Russell Discusses Mankind's Future
'Bertrand Russell Discusses Mankind's Future' (1960) 14m, director uncredited. In an interview with Woodrow Wyatt, Lord Russell envisions an organized and static world. He also points out man's capability, through education and self - knowledge, to abolish war, poverty and disease.
Keywords: philosophy
Downloads: 1,208
[movies]Big Chief 34 Drilling Rig - Gardner-Denver Company/Calvin Films
This film shows the assembly on dry land of components that will make up Big Chief Drilling Company's Rig 34. After assembly, it's all tugged on two barges 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, where the oil drilling platform is completely assembled at sea.
Downloads: 1,933
[movies]Bill of Rights In Action: De Facto Segregation - Bernard Wilets
An open-ended film designed to stimulate discussion about integration of a school system. Shows the cleavages that develop in a community over a school busing plan. Explains that these differences of opinion have to do with cost and the integrity of the neighborhood school as well as with integration. At the school board meeting two whites argue pro & con of busing, two blacks do the same. For more on director Bernard Wilets, visit
Keywords: busing
Downloads: 254
[movies]Bill of Rights in Action: Due Process of Law - Bernard Wilets
An open-ended film in which lawyers present their arguments concerning the due process of law clause of the fifth amendment during a hearing to reinstate a student who has been summarily suspended after an act of violence at a campus demonstration. Explains that the due process of law is, by its very nature, time consuming, whereas the need to avoid violence and anarchy is often immediate. Questions if there are times when due process should give way to summary punishment in violation of the Fif...
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[movies]Bill of Rights in Action: Equal Opportunity (revised) - Bernard Wilets, BFA
An open-end film to stimulate discussion of the equal rights issue. Uses an incident in which a black factory worker is promoted over a white employee with seniority as a basis for reviewing the constitutional issues involved in establishing policies of equal employment opportunities. Actors include Andrea Sheridan Ordin (elected President of Los Angeles Police Commission in 2012), and Phil Richards, a parking lot attendant who also appeared in Wilets' film on Machiavelli...
Downloads: 3,337
[movies]Bill of Rights in Action: Juvenile Law - Bernard Wilets
Follows two brothers, ages fifteen and eighteen, after their arrest, pointing up differences between adult criminal procedures and juvenile law. Asks whether it would be better if juveniles were treated as adults, subject to criminal sanctions but granted constitutional rights. Raises questions about the paternalistic character of juvenile justice and the constitutional issues involved in reform of the juvenile justice system...
Downloads: 259
[movies]Bill of Rights in Action: The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination. - Bernard Wilets
Here, director Bernard Wilets crafts a legal argument set in a futuristic setting, in which a "Truth Machine" extracts past actions by reading minds. The film explains that the Fifth amendment protects the accused against coerced confessions, but questions what happens to this and other guarantees of the Constitution under the impact of advanced technologies. These are the questions argued by lawyers in this dramatic film with a purposely undecided ending...
Downloads: 297
[movies]Bip As A Skater - John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britanncia
Features Marcel Marceau performing as Bip, whom he calls his 'silent alter ego.' Shows Bip stumble, fight for balance and joyously strive to become a great skater on illusionary ice. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit
Keywords: mime; Marcel Marceau
Downloads: 39
[movies]Bip As A Soldier - John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
Presents Marcel Marceau representing all soldiers in all wars as he performs as Bip. Reveals that playing soldier can be fun, but that war is tragic. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit
Keywords: mime; pantomime
Downloads: 34
[movies]Bip At A Society Party - John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
One in a series of twelve films in which the great French mime Marcel Marceau performs some works from his repertoire. In his introduction he talks about the possibility of creating a variety of characters for a single sketch, almost establishing a little world of its own. Bip gets dressed for a society party, but has considerable trouble showing interest in the people he meets and becomes progressively more inebriated while exchanging meaningless pleasantries with his fellow guests...
Keywords: pantomime; mime
Downloads: 38
[movies]Birch Canoe Builder - Frank Paine
'Birch Canoe Builder' (1970) 20m, dir. Craig Hinde. Presents a study of the life of 80 year old Bill Hafeman, of Big Fork, MN, a woodsman and craftsman, who builds canoes from birch bark, cedar planks and spruce roots in the traditional Indian way, utilizing neither nails nor glue. Shows him constructing a canoe accompanied by his wife, Violet, as he describes his life in the forest environment and reflects on the importance of preserving ecological order.
Keywords: Native American craft; afana; canoe
Downloads: 2,763
[movies]Birds of the Inland Waterways - Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr.
'Birds of the Inland Waterways' (1946) 11m, dir. Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr. Presents various birds of inland waterways in their native habitat: the belted kingfisher in underground nests, glossy ibis, avocet, red-backed sandpiper, Canada goose and several members of the heron family. For more on Pettingill, visit
Keywords: birds; academic film; afana
Downloads: 1,457
[movies]Brake Free - Carson "Kit" Davidson
The third in a series of films that Kit Davidson made on railways (the others are 'Third Avenue El' and 'Railway with a heart of Gold'), this film is staged on the Mount Washington (NH) cog railway. Winner of the Silver Medal,Venice Intl Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards. For more on the filmmaker, visit
Keywords: Mt. Washington; cog railway; New Hampshire
Downloads: 1,813 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[movies]Bronze: River of Metal (1972) - Clifford B. West
Here, director Clifford B. West looks at the art of casting Renaissance bronzes as a historian, appreciator, critic, and craftsman. This film traces bronze from its discovery in Mesopotamia in the third millenium BCE to the 20th century. The film begins with historian Bruno Bearzi showing Donatello's modifications, and his 14 separate castings, on the colossal bronze of St. Louis of Toulouse at the Museo dell'Opera...
Keywords: Donatello; Museo Dell'Opera; Harry Bertoia
Downloads: 1,502
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